Hon. William R. Nicklas, Jr. See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Frederick County
6th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.9 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 2 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. William R. Nicklas, Jr.


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD9434
Prejudges cases and is unprepared as to the law. Wants to be admired for his acumen but does not get the facts right.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD8989
In our trial, he favored the large firm. He made up his mind before the trial began, and he seemed to try to find a way to justify the result he wanted to achieve.


Comment #: MD7796
Very poor. I found the judge to be one sided. When Defendant brought up things that had nothing to do with case, he would not stop them. Would not let plaintiff give argument.


Comment #: MD7765
I found the judge to be one sided. Giving consideration to only one party in the dispute.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD3822
Judge Nicklas was an experienced attorney and mediator who brings his years of practice experience to the bench. He understands the what it is like to be an attorney bringing a case to court and the difficulties that can entail. He lets counsel try their cases, keeping in mind the rules that control the conduct of a trial, and is extremely concerned as well for the litigants and that they have a fair trial and appropriate outcome.